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Maybe you use Twitter for fun, or maybe you use it to keep up with companies and causes you like. Did you know Twitter could also help you in your scholarship search? Here's a list of Twitter handles you may want to follow to ensure you're making the most of every opportunity afforded to you. (And check out the follow-up post on USNews.com for 10 more!)
1. @ScholarshipsUSA: Great Scholarship Guide posts about scholarship information, scholarship guides, financial aid, and general education-related news.
2. @scholarshipscom: With the tagline, "Find Money for College," you know immediately what this group is about. Scholarships.com tweets include contest opportunities (they host a "short and tweet" contest worth $1,000; second- and third-place winners each receive a Kindle) and information about college admissions and advice.
3. @Collegemoneyblg: Tips on paying for college with financial aid, student loans, and scholarships, by College Money Insider.
4. @USNewsEducation: U.S.News & World Report writes about education news and other issues related to college (and publishes this blog).
[Learn more about using social media when applying for scholarships.]
Opportunities and news for low-income students:
5. @College_Success: College Success Foundation provides scholarships and support that low-income students need to be successful in college, the workforce, and life.
If you're interested in studying abroad:
6. @GilmanProgram: The Gilman Scholarship Program offers study abroad scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Tweets range from scholarship deadlines and tips to peeks at the daily lives of current scholarship recipients who are studying abroad.
7. @FulbrightSchlrs: Follow if you're interested in news, deadlines, and upcoming information sessions regarding the Fulbright Scholar Program, which is administered by the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange Scholars and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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Info and deadlines shared by scholarship providers:
8. @Zinch: In addition to college search news and a nationwide network of students, Zinch also offers three-sentence essay contests (winners earn $1,000 toward their education) and college interview tips.
9. @cokescholars: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is working to provide scholarships and alumni enrichment opportunities for students with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to make a difference in the world, and offers advice and information on its own scholarship and deadlines as well as general financial aid and academic advice.
10. I also encourage you to follow the nonprofit organization for which I work, @ScholAmerica. Scholarship America works to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary education possible for all students. Our Twitter account includes links to this blog, as well as other useful information for students and parents.
[Get more tips on paying for college.]
Following certain hashtags can also help with your scholarship search; consider #scholarshipchat, #scholarships, and #scholarship in addition to the Twitter feeds mentioned in this post.
There's a wealth of information out there. Following these 10 important accounts might help you sift through some of the noise to get right at the information you are looking for.
Janine Fugate joined Scholarship America in 2002. She is an alumna of the College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minn., and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at theHubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Fugate is the recipient of numerous scholarships at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
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